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Do I Have the Technical Skills and Knowledge to Learn On-line?

Taking a distance learning online course can be a great learning experience. However to be successful in an online course requires technical skills not required in a face-to-face or other distance learning classes. To be successful in an online class requires the student to have certain basic computer and Internet skills. This questionnaire will help you to determine whether you have the minimum skills to be successful. Take this questionnaire to see our recommendation.

For each of the following select the response which is the closest in describing you. After you have completed all of the questions, click the RECOMMENDATION button for our recommendation.

  • I have access to
    a computer and the Internet at home. a computer but not the Internet at home. a computer and the Internet only at school. 

  • The access speed to the Internet which I use,
    is very fast and is through a TV cable or a high speed line. is through a fast modem. is through a slow modem. 

  • As far as email is concerned,
    I use it several times each day. I use it infrequently. I have never used it. 

  • As far as bookmarks (also called favorites),
    I use them to manage the sites I visit on the Internet. I use them but infrequently. I never use them. 

  • As far as email attachments,
    I use them frequently. I have used them but I have not used them very much. I never use them. 

  • When requested to use or save as a RTF, "Rich Text Format" file,
    I would have no difficulty. I have done it but a reminder of the process would help. I am not sure that I would know how to do that. 

  • If a plug-in or other software was required for a computer,
    I would be able to download and install it. I have done it but some instructions would help. I have no idea what you are talking about or how to do such a thing. 

  • If the computer system I was using had problems,
    I should be able to decide how to handle the problem. I think that I could solve the problem if I could call a help line. I would have no idea what to do.
  • As far as a chatroom or a bulletin board,
    I use them both with little or no difficulty. I have used them but a refresher on their use would help. I have not used them.
  • My abilities with a word processor are
    very good. okay but it takes me a while. non-existent. 

We offer those of you who are potential online students, two tests to assist you in determining whether you are a person who will be successful taking an online class. This test dealt with who you are as a person. The other one: Should I take a Distance Learning Class? helps in determining whether distance learning is for you. If you are a potential online student and have not taken the other quiz, we recommend that you link there next. We recommend that after you have taken each test you print the results and take them to your Palm Beach State academic advisor.  Visit our academic advising web site for more information.

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